Things to do nearby Moss Cottage
Knock is a small village at the foot of the Pennines, many of the buildings are constructed of the local red sandstone and they fit perfectly into their rural backdrop. Knock Fell, Dufton Pike and Cross Fell all rise up behind the village and the Peninne Way passes close by.
The Eden Valley is a hidden gem with the Pennines to the east and the Lake District Fells to the west. The beautiful rural landscapes around the River Eden are a mix of lush green countryside, traditional towns and attractive sandstone villages.
Walks in the Eden Valley are many and varied: from Knock village head up onto Knock Pike or choose from a variety of other routes up onto the Pennines, the stunning and unique High Cup Nick above Dufton is one not to miss. Another obvious place to head for is the River Eden, the best riverside walks can be found south of Wetheral and Lazonby with some short but interesting sections around Armathwaite. As a bonus all these attractive stone villages also have great pubs and cafés to visit. Other features of note include the enigmatic stone circle of Long Meg near Little Salkeld which is worthy of a visit in its own right, or you can plan it into a longer walk.
This is a perfect location for getting away from it all and just relaxing in lovely surroundings but with easy access to M6, A66 and the train service, it is also ideal for those wishing to make most of their holiday and explore different parts of the region. One of the best ways to see the Eden Valley is by train setting off from Carlisle, Armathwaite or even Appleby and travelling south towards the Yorkshire Dales. Running through some of the most attractive scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley, the Settle-Carlisle railway is world famous for its Victorian architecture, huge stone viaducts, long tunnels and remote wayside station buildings yet It is not a preserved heritage railway but part of the main UK rail network. The diesel sprinter trains carry well over a million passengers every year and provide a vital link to the remote communities they connect.
Appleby-in-Westmorland Is an attractive market town straddling the River Eden. It was the old county town of Westmorland and has good local facilities including shops, pubs and cafés. Appleby Horse Fair is held each June; a traditional gypsy gathering where the horse is still king, it is known locally for its raucous fun and colour. Horses are washed in the river, then bought, sold and raced in the streets.
Appleby Castle can be seen from the iron gates at the top of Boroughgate, the castle is Norman, with a fine 17th century house alongside. Events are held here throughout the summer or you can book onto a tour which are held daily but must be booked in advance. St. Lawrence’s Church has been altered over the years and thus showcases architecture from all eras from the 12th century on. It is well-known for the marble bust of Lady Anne Clifford, a benefactress from the 17th century who lived in the castle. The Hospital of St. Anne consists of almshouses founded in 1651 and still performing their original function. they were built and bequeathed to the town by Lady Anne Clifford.
On a cold day, take advantage of the local Appleby Leisure Centre, which boasts two swimming pools and a spa area. And if that doesn’t fill up your day, arrange a wine tasting session with the local, Cumbrian winery: High Cup Wines.
Brough Castle dates back to the 12th century and is seen by many travellers from the A66, but it is worth a closer look. Owned by English Heritage, it is located on an attractive riverside site and makes a great place for a picnic. Head a little further south and explore Kirkby Stephen, a stop off on the coast to coast walk and Pennine Way it has a range of independent shops around the main square with 18th and 19th century buildings. There is some good walking to be had here too try starting a riverside walk at Frank’s Bridge on the old coffin route which claims to have a ghost known as ‘Jangling Annas’. Annas was supposedly a prisoner at nearby Hartley Castle who escaped, only to drown in the river; she has been jangling her chains ever since.
Penrith is a bustling market town of sandstone buildings, renowned for its wealth of specialist shops offering an interesting choice of goods as well as a couple of supermarkets, including a new branch of Sainsbury's and Booths. Penrith has a floodlit driving range plus a pitch and putt at the Golf Centre, whilst the Penrith Golf Club is a moorland course high above the town with stunning views towards the Lake District. Just a mile from Penrith is Rheged Centre, located in Europe’s largest grass covered building. Rheged is home to nine individual shops and 3 cafés which reflect the best of the region, including taste food hall and mountain life outdoor clothing shops, it also houses an exhibition centre and a large 3D cinema. If you fancy making a truly unique gift to take home, for yourself or someone else, release your inner artist and have a go at the pottery painting, there are a wide range of items to choose from, from children’s money boxes to plates, cups and jugs, this is definitely not an activity just for the children – go on, have a go!
Alston is situated high up in the Pennines. Surrounded by a unique landscape of moorland, hills, rivers and waterfalls, Alston is England's highest market town. This intriguing town with cobbled streets and fascinating nooks and crannies was the location for the ITV productions of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist. Take a ride on one of the lovingly restored steam and diesel engines of the South Tynedale Railway, the round trip from Alston to Kirkhaugh takes around 50 minutes through the beautiful scenery of the South Tyne valley. You can also visit The Hub Museum with its interesting local history and bygone transport collection.
Hutton in the Forest, a historic house and gardens based on medieval Pele towers with substantial additions dating between 14th and 19th centuries. The house has extensive gardens covering a beautiful topiary terrace and low garden overlooking the lake and cascade. It is worth catching the guided walk with the long serving gamekeeper for a full and interesting tour.
Acorn Bank Garden and Water Mill is just down the road, well known for its collection of 250 herbs, traditional fruit orchards and sheltered walled garden it is a lovely spot to visit. Some rooms in the house are now also open to view in this National Trust property and the tea room features many of the herbs and fruits grown in the garden in its menu. There is plenty of wildlife to be spotted in the woodland walk and along Crowdundle Beck towards the restored water mill, plus a wildlife trail to a disused mine and bird hide overlooking feeders and a pond.
Larch Cottage Nursery has an incredibly comprehensive range of plants with many varieties that are rarely found elsewhere, it is described as unique and reputable by Enjoy England. The plants are displayed in an attractive walled garden and when you have finished browsing enjoy their excellent Italian inspired coffee shop overlooking the nursery.
Brougham Castle is a picturesque castle beside the River Eden just south of Penrith, it is worth making time to go and wander around the evocative ruins which have at atmosphere all their own. The Alpaca Centre at nearby Stainton is a working farm breeding, rearing and selling alpacas. There is also a shop, furniture gallery and tearoom on site.
The closest part of the Lake District is Ullswater, a majestic ribbon lake with a steamer service from Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding, take a round the lake cruise or take advantage of the boat to do a linear walk along the shore or even up over the fells. To the west, the lake is surrounded by high fells whilst to the east the land falls gracefully to the lush rolling countryside of the Eden Valley. Popular walks from Ullswater include Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, High Street and Place Fell.